DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 31, 2006 â Building on its legacy of bold muscle cars, Ford is introducing a modern, all-American sedan concept that combines ”Built Ford Tough” attitude with the sporty elegance of its iconic 1960s sedans. The Ford Interceptor concept comes equipped with a manual six-speed gearbox mated to a Ford Racing 5.0-liter V-8 Cammer engine that delivers 400 horsepower and runs on E-85 ethanol.
The Mustang-based concept features a traditional rear-wheel drive proportion that includes a short front overhang, long rear overhang and extended dash-to-axle ratio. The Ford Interceptor also has a low cabin and higher beltline, adding to the vehicleâs attitude and sense of mystery.
Signature Ford touches include the horizontal three-bar grille, which has been structurally integrated into the bumper beam, as well as ”squircles” â or professionally square circle-shaped graphics â inside and out.
As a nod to performance purists, the ultimate muscle lies under the powered clamshell ”shaker” hood, which caps a thoroughly detailed engine compartment that houses a 5.0-liter V-8 Cammer engine. This is an upgraded variant of the 4.6-liter engine under the hood of the current production Mustang GT. The Cammer modular engine powered Ford Racingâs FR500C race car to the top of the Grand Am Cupâs GS class, achieving five victories on its way to the Drivers, Manufacturers and Team Championships in its first season of competition. The Interceptor conceptâs Cammer engine is mated to a manual six-speed transmission. The car, equipped with 22-inch wheels, also features a solid rear axle for more hard-core performance feel.
Inside, the Ford Interceptor concept is sleek and thoroughly modern, completed in contrasting black leather and metal finishes. The dash, headliner and thick steering wheel are leather-wrapped. Plus, the Interceptor conceptâs four low-back bucket seats are wrapped in thick black belt leather with exposed-edge seams and contrasting caramel stitching. The seats are accented with Ford GT-inspired squircle grommets finished with Titan Metal painted inserts.
Squircle accents are repeated in the concept’s door trims, floor, console and instrument panel. Designed within a pair of squircles, the speedometer and tachometer are eye-catching. The needles for both start at center and move opposite each other as the speed and RPM climb. Other clever touches include retractable headrests that deploy from the roof when the car is parked. They adjust fore and aft, as well as up and down for each occupant. Audio control panel and climate controls also are stowable. On the other hand, the gated six-speed shifter is exposed, just waiting to be thrown into gear.
Story by Ford Motor Company, edited by Supercars.net